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Science and Salvation : Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain - Aileen Fyfe

Science and Salvation

Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780226276489
Number Of Pages: 432

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Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to counter the developing notion that science and faith were mutually exclusive, and the Society's authors employed a full repertoire of evangelical techniques—low prices, simple language, carefully structured narratives—to convert their readers. The application of such techniques to popular science resulted in one of the most widely available sources of information on the sciences in the Victorian era.

A fascinating study of the tenuous relationship between science and religion in evangelical publishing, Science and Salvation examines questions of practice and faith from a fresh perspective. Rather than highlighting works by expert men of science, Aileen Fyfe instead considers a group of relatively undistinguished authors who used thinly veiled Christian rhetoric to educate first, but to convert as well. This important volume is destined to become essential reading for historians of science, religion, and publishing alike.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Threat of Popular Science Christian Knowledge Reading Fish
The Techniques of Evangelical Publishing
The Ministry of the Press Reinterpreting Science Postscript
Biographical Sketches of RTS Writers and Staff
Volumes of the "Monthly Series"
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226276489
ISBN-10: 0226276481
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 16.7  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2

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